Pallid Harrier in Doñana

Pallid Harrier in Doñana

The last 18th October we were lucky to saw one adult male Pallid Harrier in Northern Doñana. It was a short observation of the bird flying low and fast close to “la Escupidera” area. The following days we were unable to relocate the bird, so it probably continued its southward migration. The main nesting range of the Pallid Harrier is Eastern Europe and Asia, and the main winter quarters are

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Migration of soaring birds in the Strait of Gibraltar

Migration of soaring birds in the Strait of Gibraltar

Throughout  Europe, we can find up to 38 species of diurnal raptors, and practically all of them are migratory, at least in part of their European range. Some of these migrations are short, but others involve movements of thousands of kilometers.  These movements require enormous energy consumption for birds, and they are competing for their survival. In order to minimize energy consumption, the diurnal raptors with bigger wing surface migrate

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Top 10 Birds of Doñana

Top 10 Birds of Doñana

More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the natural space of Doñana and its surroundings. This is the result of the great diversity of existing habitats: marshes, rivers and streams, pine and cork oak forests, scrublands, mobile and fossil dune beaches, rice fields and other crops.... With this diversity of birds it is difficult to highlight just 10 of them, but this is our personal selection among

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Hybrid Egret

Hybrid Egret

In late April we could watch several times an exemplar of egret with aberrant plumage in Northern Doñana, at Entremuros area (Seville). This bird shows grey feathers in diferent parts of their plumage. Nowadays, this egrets with partially grey plumages are considered hybrids involving Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Western Reef Egret (Egretta gularis). The LittLe Egret is a heron really common in Doñana, distributed mainly along Europe, Asia and

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An unexpected visitor

An unexpected visitor

  The Red-thorated Pipit breeds in Arctic areas from Fennoscandia to the Bering Sea, and also in Western Alaska. It is a migratory species that has its main wintering grounds in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It can winter more sparsely in the north of these areas and also on the west coast of the United States and Baja California. In Spain it is mainly detected during their migration and

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